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Donald Tusk says Europe must build its own Israel-style Iron Dome



Tories, including Penny Mordaunt, called for a British Iron Dome to be built after the attack but Number 10 rebuffed previous Ministry of Defence requests for funds.

Mr Tusk said Europe was in a danger zone, just like Israel. He said it did not take much imagination to work out where an attack could come from, in a veiled reference to Russia.

In November 2022, a missile struck a Polish village close to the Ukrainian border, killing two people.

Poland, which neighbours Russia, has ramped up its defence spending to more than four per cent of GDP since the illegal invasion of Ukraine.

On Saturday, Poland, which is an EU and Nato member state, said it would invest about €2 billion in ramping up security on its border with Russia and Belarus.

Polish president could oppose ESSI

Mr Tusk recently held talks in Warsaw with Mette Frederiksen, Denmark’s prime minister, over the project led by Germany.

He said she “responded positively to my proposal for Poland to join a European project that will effectively build a dome to protect our sky”.

Berlin set up the ESSI initiative, with a total of 15 Nato countries, including the UK, in 2022. The plan, which involves joint procurement of air defence systems, now has 21 participating countries.

Poland is expected to join later this year but Andrzej Duda, the president of Poland, could oppose membership.

Mr Duda is a member of the Law and Justice party, which was defeated by Mr Tusk at last year’s elections.

Law and Justice have a testy relationship with Berlin and Mr Duda has called the ESSI a “German business project”.

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